Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
Sammy Brown Goodrich
My first yoga class was about 22 years ago in a trailer classroom at our local public school. I was recovering from a herniated disk that left me barely able to walk. I was the grateful student of a kind and supportive teacher who guided me back to health through breath and posture. Through yoga practice, I discovered a more mindful way to approach both physical and spiritual life that could sustain me. Inspired to share this practice with others, I earned my 200 hour teaching certificate in 2008 with Rolf Gates and an additional 300 hour teaching certificate with Metrowest Yoga & Training Center in May 2019.
In 2014 I began my more formal meditation practice and study with senior Buddhist teacher, author and founder of Dharma Moon, David Nichtern. In 2016 I received my mindfulness meditation teacher certification with David and now enjoy instructing others in both group and private settings. David continues to be my formal meditation instructor (and spiritual friend!) while the Dharma Moon community is my main touchstone for questions concerning both meditation in general and the challenges that come up in my own seated practice.
My teaching “style” invites students to become their own best teacher. With an emphasis on anchoring to breath and sensation, it is my hope that students experience a joyful practice which becomes an expression for how they want to live, that what feels good in practice manifests in their lives.
With patience and compassion students will find, for themselves, all that is required for practice is their basic human ability to pay attention and to care.
Thank you for visiting my website.
I have been a full time yoga teacher since 2007. The foundation of my teaching practice comes from attention to alignment, breath and the incorporation of intelligent, strong movements. With an understanding that every body is different, each class intends to offer postures and sequences that are sustainable, in the sense that they help students continually reconsider yoga for themselves. It is my hope that the practice of yoga can be a supportive and reflective companion as we age, mature, and evolve towards the best versions of ourselves.
My teaching is inspired by my formal studies with senior Buddhist teacher and meditation instructor David Nichtern, as well as the writings of Pema Chodron, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and Thich Nhat Hanh. I am also grateful for my dear teachers, both near and far, who continue to support me and my growth as both a student and fellow teacher.
Trainings and certifications
300 hour yoga teacher training
MetroWest Yoga & Training Center, MA
Natasha Rizopoulos (online study)
Jillain Pransky (online study)
Path of Freedom Coursework Completion for co-teaching MBEI program at Concord Medium Security Prison, Concord, MA
Meditation Teacher Certification
Balanced Athlete Certification
Usui Reiki Level II Certification
Usui Reiki Level I Certification
200 hour yoga teacher training